Con­trac­tors shun road project

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Fun­gai Lu­pande Mash Cen­tral Bureau

A TEN­DER for the con­struc­tion of Mahuhwe-Kanyemba Road in Mbire Dis­trict has found no tak­ers due to high costs in­volved, Mashona­land Cen­tral pro­vin­cial draugh­t­ing of­fi­cer Mr Bernard Hari said.

Speak­ing at an in­vest­ment con­fer­ence re­cently at Kanyemba Fal­con Lodges Mr Hari said all bridges along the Mahuhwe-Kanyemba Road are sin­gle carriageway and they will be up­graded to dual car­riage.

“We un­der­took to con­struct 3,5 kilo­me­tres of road from the pon­toon land­ing bay, but we only man­aged to com­plete 30 per­cent of that road be­fore we sus­pended oper­a­tions due to sev­eral chal­lenges,” said Mr Hari.

“These in­clude equip­ment which we are get­ting from con­trac­tors. Kanyemba is a bit far and there were chal­lenges in get­ting the con­trac­tor to op­er­ate here in Kanyemba so we have de­cided to start the road from Mahuhwe com­ing to­wards Kanyemba.

“It is our hope that we will reach Kanyemba even­tu­ally we are not ne­glect­ing the road from Kanyemba what we are say­ing is we are start­ing from Mahuhwe where it is fea­si­ble. We were do­ing the 3,5km in-house and we de­cided to float a ten­der for con­trac­tors to do that project. How­ever, we did not find any suit­able tak­ers.

“We are con­struct­ing 10km of the road from Mahuhwe to Kanyemba and we have com­pleted 10 per­cent of the road. By the end of the year we hope to have com­pleted the 10km.”

Mr Hari said all sin­gle car­riage bridges along the road will be up­graded to dual car­riage which is suit­able for the road.

“We have a num­ber of bridges on the way to Kanyemba and they are sin­gle car­riage mean­ing mo­torist have to give way to each other at the bridge. The road will be du­alised and we will need fund­ing to upgrade the bridges. At the mo­ment we are up­grad­ing Pembi Bridge,” he said.

Dis­trict De­vel­op­ment Fund pro­vin­cial roads man­ager Mr Em­manuel Chisan­duro said a road con­trac­tor pulled out of the Mariga road project due to high cost of oper­a­tions.

“At the mo­ment we haven’t found an­other con­trac­tor to con­struct the road.

“The con­trac­tor sited that it was not vi­able be­cause of high cost of spares and fuel plus the dis­tance.

“He said it was ex­pen­sive for him to do the road. We are mo­bil­is­ing ma­te­rial for Mwaza­mu­tanda Bridge along the same road,” said Mr Chisan­duro.

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